It was one helluva day in Hobart town on Saturday (30 January) with stakes wins to Geegees Blackflash (Clangalang) and Radha Rani (Delago Brom), while Bel Esprit kicked in with a program treble after Cardannic won the second on the program: the Winning Edge Presentations Handicap.
And just to cap off another big week for Bel Esprit, Shane Fliedner’s Tollesprit put in a biggie by taking out the Schweppes Handicap at Flemington in comfortable fashion.
Cardannic (from the King Tobias mare Kinlochleven) kicked off proceedings with her second career victory over the 1400m at Hobart.
The mare was bred by Mick & Lou Maroulis’ Conerin Stud and is owned by Dudley Clark.
A half sister to no less than eight winners – including Melbourne Group winner Cahuita – Cardannic is closely related to Group One winner Zaparri and Magic Millions 3YO winner Tereschenko.
Meanwhile, Tollesprit was VERY impressive at Flemington and ANZ Bloodstock News gave him a big tick in its daily wrap: “Tollesprit is a talented colt and he won this nicely, chiming in with his challenge 300m out and proving too good for his rivals in the run home. Tollesprit looked big in the mounting yard beforehand and trainer Shane Fliedner said the colt will derive a great deal of benefit from this.”
Bred by Eliza Park and sold to Shane Fliedner at the 2008 Adelaide Magic Millions, Tollesprit is out of the Alzao mare Tolleranza and is a half sister to three winners including Flemington stakes winner Belle Ball.
Now having won three and placed in two from only nine starts, Shane Fliedner’s always had a huge opinion of Tollesprit and this was a memorable performance given that it was the 3YOs first run in over three months.
A winner at Flemington during his first campaign as a 2YO, Tollesprit was runnerup to subsequent Caulfield Guineas-G1 winner Starspangledbanner in the HDF McNeil Stakes-G3 at Caulfield in August, beaten less than a length.